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Updates and Box Design

March 23, 2013 1 Comment

Sorry for the lack of updates!  I do not have much news – school has been keeping be busy!  I am still working primarily on the hip joint.  I think I have one more idea that I want to try, and if that does not work I am going to push aside the perfectionist in my head that is constantly yelling at me and just do are more generic joint that should still be acceptable (though that should still take me a while to get just right).  I feel like the hip is the most important joint on a doll so I want it to be prefect, but I obviously have to finish something at some point and I am not sure that it is even possible to fulfill all of my requirements.   I really want my doll to be able to bring her knee up to her chest (and ideally do a split), move her legs together enough to cross them, and move them as far apart as possible (like a straddle).  Getting this to work isn’t that hard – what is hard is getting these things to work while still looking smooth and not having huge gaps.  Her leg is not a perfect cylinder, so just sticking a ball on top ruins the curve of her legs and that is not something I am willing to compromise.  I have yet to see a doll with a natural looking hip/butt area and it is something that I really want to accomplish, but there is a reason why they don’t seem to exist.  The hip is also the most important part when it comes to stability, so that is another factor I have to keep in mind.  Once the hip is done the rest should not take too long.  I do want to see if I can create a natural elbow joint, but I think I have a design in mind that will work.

I know I am getting ahead of myself, but since the hip is making me angry, I have been having some fun designing my packaging, as you can see with my render.  I don’t know what is practical, since boxes can get very expensive, but I really want fancy packaging.  I am hoping to make them with a drawer that pulls out.  I tend to keep my dolls in their boxes, and opening these huge boxes with a typical lid is very annoying.  I figure a drawer would be much more convenient – the boxes could be stacked on top of each other and it would be super easy to open.  I also want to just line the box in foam instead of having a cutout to fit the body (the pink part in the picture).  This way people can store their dolls without having to undress them.  The dolls could be secured with ribbon/elastic at the neck, wrists, ankles, and waist (and probably also thighs and arms)  for shipping (I’d obviously have to test to see if this was safe).  I’d also like to sew black lace pockets on the sides to store small stuff.  The draw on the top would be for instructions and other paper stuff (probably certificates and stickers and what not).  The main reason it is there though it because I needed space for the top layer of foam anyway, so this just sits nicely there (the shelf part is halfway though the thickness, with the foam secured in the space on the bottom).  I’m also thinking the color of the foam (I’ll probably have pretty fabric over it) and the knobs could be changed for collection sets, and maybe even different knobs for people with multiple dolls to easily tell the boxes apart.

I also apologize for the speed of my site – it has been going very slow for me and I have yet to figure out the reason.  It seems to get a lot worse after I changed some things, but I am having trouble figuring out why.

Marketing Ideas

January 22, 2012 Leave your thoughts

I’ve been trying to think of ways to sell/market my dolls once I get that far.  I should probably focus on getting them done first, but I like thinking about this stuff. I’ve been planning a choice doll system for a while, but I am not sure what to do with limited dolls and stuff. I think the purpose of resin BJD’s is the customizable aspect, and limited dolls kind of take away from that, especially when what is special about the doll is just the faceup and the outfit. I definitely want to do special fancy sets, and they probably should be limited from a marketing and just a practicality standpoint, but I still want people to have options, because that really is what this hobby is about. more

Some Plans

January 22, 2012 Leave your thoughts

It has been so long since I have started this journey.  I really hope to have something to show for all my work soon.  The plan is to get a company to cast my first doll, which I will call PulkiDoll V1, as soon as I can.  I’ve been putting it off because it isn’t cheap and pretty risky for me.  I guess I am a little put off after my previous plans fell apart – I am worried that I will again be disappointed.  I am very scared that I will not sell enough to meet a minimum order, or that a lot of work will need to be done that will cost me.  I think she is pretty cast-able as is, but there are some parts that are pretty thin and awkward to mold that may need to be modified.  I really don’t care much about money or profit, but I’ve already sunk a lot into this and I need to make back some money if I want to eventually get my newer doll printed.  I am not too good at all this businessy stuff :P I hate dealing with money.

I plan on only doing one order of my V1 doll, unless there is a lot more interest than I expect.  She should be very limited – I am hoping to sell 50.  If I manage to sell those 50 dolls quickly, I will do more, but I don’t know how much interest there will be.  The doll companies really stepped up their game since I started and she isn’t really that special anymore, and she has her flaws (though probably not as much as I think – I tend to be way over critical of my own work).  I feel like a few years ago I would have had more luck, when it was harder to find artist dolls and before the amount of companies really expanded.  I am worried I missed my chance, but hopefully I can still squeeze in there and make something of all this.

After I am done everything with my V1 doll, I hope to move on to my current project, which I’ll just call my 65cm girl (or V2).  This doll will hopefully be more innovative (though I use that word loosely, since most of my ideas have already been done to some extent by other companies at this point) and more sturdy and structured now that I’ve learned from my mistakes and I actually know what I am doing.  I’ve learned how to to better deal with the more mechanical aspects like tension and all that so this doll should hold a pose better.  I’ve also figured out a lot of modeling techniques so I can better execute my ideas.  I am really looking forward to finishing her and getting get printed, but it might be a while.